Baywatch just hit theaters Thursday, and so far the star-studded film has drawn…mixed reviews. The movie currently has an 18 percent rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes, though it's worth noting the audience has given it a score of 71 percent. More than a few film reviewers have trashed it.
Box office sales have been lower than expected. Baywatch, which made a major advertising push, was on pace to take in $6.5-7 million Friday, as Deadline reported.
Regardless of the mixed reaction to date, Baywatch 2 plans are apparently already in the works. As Variety reports, producer Beau Flynn shared plans for a sequel at a New York City screening of Baywatch earlier this week.
The cast—including, of course, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Zac Efron—are all expected to take part in the second installment.
“We have an amazing story already,” Flynn said Monday. “We’re bringing back Shannon and Swift who wrote on the first one, and I know Dwayne would be in, I know Zac and all the girls would be. We just have this really cool idea to put them in this whole new world. We would take it overseas.”
Variety confirmed with some of the cast members that they want to do a sequel.
“Of course!” said Kelly Rohrbach, who has inherited Pamela Anderson’s original role. “I couldn’t have asked for a better cast on my first film. These guys are awesome. They’re hilarious, they’re loving, they’re generous. We really were a family and I think that comes though on the screen, as well.”
Alexandra Daddario, also known for True Detective, said she would also be down for another Baywatch.
“Yes! I would love to,” Daddario said. “I think it’s very cool to be part of a franchise, and I think it helps get other work. It’s fun. You get to travel the world and work with these amazing people, and you get to make people laugh, so I’m completely down for it.”
It's early, for sure, and these plans don't sound very set in stone—just an idea they've all tossed around. Something tells us if the film continues underperforming, the sequel will be written off.
But maybe things will turn around. Some fans have criticized the film, but others have enjoyed it. Time will tell.